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Uber and Toyota are partnering to develop driverless cars, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. To this end, Toyota and Uber will merge their technological expertise in purpose-built Toyota vehicles that will join Uber's ride-sharing fleet.

The third party that will operate the Toyota autonomous fleet has not yet been chosen, Miller said.

"Our goal is to deploy the world's safest self-driving cars on the Uber network, and this agreement is another significant step towards making that a reality", said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Nonetheless, Toyota has continued to stick with Uber since its initial investment in 2016.

A self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle on March 19, 2018.

Uber leads the world in ridesharing, which gives it an edge in finding an audience for autonomous vehicles.

Besides allowing them to lean on each other's respective strengths, Toyota's deal with San Francisco-based Uber also will help the two companies spread out the cost of designing and building the complex systems, which use computers, cameras, radar and laser sensors to guide the self-driving vehicles.

Automakers and tech companies continue scrambling to position themselves for a future in which auto ownership gives way to mobility as a service.

The deal gives Toyota a key partner in a field that is growing rapidly, and comes on the same day that four of the automaker's suppliers announced a partnership to develop some of the software underpinning autonomous vehicles.

Uber has previously been valued at $US69 billion in a private venture-capital investment round, though SoftBank invested in the California firm in December at a $US48 billion valuation.

Uber suspended its self-driving vehicle programme after a crash in March, which killed a woman pushing a bicycle in a street in the U.S. state of Arizona. However, the company says it plans to begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020.

To some global news now, Toyota is expanding its partnership with Uber in the development of self-autonomous vehicles.

Uber has had many such partnerships earlier with Volvo and Daimler AG.

"Our expanded partnership with Toyota signals our commitment to deploying self-driving technology at scale for our riders around the globe", Uber's statement reads.


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